The upcoming presidential election is certainly the most important of my lifetime, and perhaps any since the Civil War era. The winner will not just direct policy over the next four (or more) years, but will affect the fundamental structure of our nation. Indeed, many of today’s politicians, following the lead of former President Obama, wish to “fundamentally change America.” But they don’t tell you what that means.
That’s the purpose of this discussion. My goal here is not to tell you whom to vote for, but rather, to argue what to vote for. To begin with, let us understand exactly what the fundamental principles of America are. Only then can we make an informed decision about whether to vote to change them.
The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence sets forth the principles upon which America is built. It states, in part:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed …
This simple statement sets out five fundamental truths about our beliefs, which are:
- God created man;
- We are all equal;
- God (not government) grants humans certain rights,
in particular, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness;
- Those rights cannot be taken away; and
- Governments are created to protect those rights.
As you go into the voting booth this November, ask yourself, which of these fundamental principles do you wish to alter or abolish? Let’s discuss them in more detail.
The Right to Life
The great William Blackstone, the English jurist and legal philosopher, wrote in his “Commentaries on the Law” that life is the “immediate gift of God.” He declared that the right to life is one that is inherent in every individual. Blackstone noted that that no man has the power to destroy life, but through the law of God, “who is the author of life.”
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